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Myanmar soccer player to seek asylum in Japan

  • June 18, 2021
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All national dailies wrote that a player on the Myanmar national team soccer who expressed opposition to the Myanmar junta during the playing of Myanmar’s national anthem at a preliminary qualifier for the 2022 Qatar World Cup in Chiba in May is planning to apply for refugee status in Japan later this month. The 27-year-old player, who refused to return home with his teammates from Kansai Airport on Wednesday out of fear that his life would be a risk if he returns home, said at a news conference in Osaka on Thursday that his decision is firm. However, he added that he is worried about the safety of his family and teammates. According to his lawyer, the Myanmar player is legally eligible to stay in Japan until late August on a visa for a short stay of up to 90 days. Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato told reporters on Thursday that the government will respond properly by listening to his wishes.

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